Author Marie Lu

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11 JUL 1984

Marie Lu was born Xiwei Lu in Xianwaxi, China. She and her family moved to the United States when she was five years old. She spent the rest of her childhood in Georgia, where she continued to dream up stories and write short stories. She finished her first full manuscript at the age of 14, and it was only a matter of time until her first novel was published. She attended the University of Southern California and immediately after her graduation she went to work for Disney in their videogames department. She then spent a few years working on games for Facebook before becoming a full time writer.

Marie Lu is the author of the bestselling Legend series for young adults. It peaked at number 8 on the New York Times list of bestsellers and was critically acclaimed by both adult and teenage reviewers. It led the way for the two other books in the series, Prodigy and Champion, to become internationally acclaimed, along with Lu’s later novels.

She loves dystopian novels


and has been influenced by many of the great dystopian writers, including Orwell and Huxley. She herself considers it very ironic that she was born in 1984! She has said in interview that her original inspiration for the main character in Legend came from the relationship between ValJean and Javert in Les Miserables.

She now resides in LA, California where she continues to write dystopian novels for teenagers and young adults full time. Marie Lu lives with her boyfriend in Pasadena with two Welsh Corgis and a Chihuahua cross.


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Guest 2 months ago

you should add the graphic novel versions of the legend series, i think many people would like that

Guest 4 years ago

You should add rebel, i think its the fourth book in the legend series i dont know for sure though

Guest 5 years ago

I’ve read the Legend a Series which is great but please add wild card (the second book of Warcross) into here

Guest 5 years ago

Can you please add the rest of the books in the warcross series? It's really a good book.

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Tcorliss77 5 years ago

Warcross was amazing! I think that they should put Wildcard on here too though.

Guest 5 years ago

you're missing "The midnight star" in the young elites series its a stunning conclusion and should be added

Guest 5 years ago

Please add Midnight Star. Also, thanks for even adding the Young Elite society, loved the books so far ^-^

akim3311 6 years ago

Please put in The Young Elites and The Rose Society. :)

Guest 6 years ago

Please add champion by marie lu

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dragonborn55 6 years ago

Legend and Prodigy were one of the best books I've ever read there needs to be another one in the series

Guest 5 years ago

The third book is called Champion..
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